Fasting in Ramadan as observed by the prophet By Shaikh Saleem Al Hilaalee And Shaikh Alee Hasan Alee Abdul Hameed
FASTING IN RAMADAAN AS OBSERVED BY THE PROPHET
Allah’s Messenger (24) explained in the established Sunnah that fasting is protection from desires, a shield from the Fire and that Allaah has particularised one of the gates of Paradise for it.
It will lead the soul away from its desires and prevent it from those things which it has come to find attractive so that it becomes tranquil. This great reward and huge blessing are explained beautifully and fully in the following authentic ahaadeeth.
Fasting is a shield Allaah’s Messenger ordered the one who has strong desires and the need for marriage but is unable to marry, too fast. He declared it as a means of cutting off the desires, since it reduces the vigor of the limbs of the body, calms them, and bridles them.
It is established that it has a great effect on preserving the limbs and organs, we, therefore, find that he said: “O youths, whoever amongst you can marry then let him do so, since it restrains the eyes and protects the private parts, and he who is unable, then let him fast because it is a shield for him.’
Allaah’s Messenger (322) also informed us of how Paradise is surrounded by hardships and that the Fire is surrounded by desires.
So when you know, O Muslim, that fasting subdues the desires and reduces their severity, and that it is these which lead to the Fire, then you will see how fasting comes between a fasting person and the Fire.
There are clear ahaadeeth stating that fasting is a protection from the Fire, and a shield by which the servant may protect himself from it.